Fire Service Study group discusses 3 models of a Fire Service District
The Fire Service Study group met last Friday. Vice-Chair Erica Zweifel said the group identified 3 models to consider. A full consolidation similar to a city fire department, a fire service district with taxing authority or a fire district by a joint powers agreement. They’ll send information out to consultants asking for RFP’s. Their next meeting will be October 19th at 3 o’clock in the upstairs training room at City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.
Council talks trash
Waste Management’s contract with the City is up at the end of the year. Council reviewed RFP’s from Waste Management and DSI for refuse collection. With the advent of being able to put all our recyclables into one bin, Mayor Rossing says…
they’ve seen a 30% drop in what goes into the landfill. The next big thing is separating out organic wet waste in your home and then putting them all in the same bin with grass clippings and other yard waste. Council wanted the companies to talk about what it would cost to set this in motion for Northfield. Regardless of whether they choose to include organic wet waste, rates will increase as Rossing says current rates are not keeping up with City expenses. Most of the fees charged go to the hauler with a tipping fee to the Rice County landfill. This discussion will come back to the Council with more concrete numbers and options.
Candidate forum tonight
The first public forum of all the candidates for Northfield Mayor and council seats for Member-at-large and Wards 2 and 3 is takes place tonight at the Weitz Center for Creativity. Sponsored in part by the Arts and Culture Commission, the first 45 minutes will focus on the city’s support of the arts, culture and history of Northfield and how they are economic engines for the City. The second half will be open for your questions to the candidates art-related or otherwise. The forum starts at 7 o’clock in room 236 and all are welcome.
“Drive for your Community” gears up for United Way
The United Way’s annual campaign is gearing up with a test drive at Dokmo Ford. Owner Clancy Dokmo says they’ve teamed up with Ford for “Drive for your Community”. They’re bringing their newest models to Bridge Square this Saturday from 9 to 2 and for every person that test drives a vehicle, Clancy says they’ll give United Way $20. Models include the new Hybrid C-Max, the Fusion, SUV’s and trucks. There’s no commitment to buy but you can certainly give your own donation to United Way. Last year the United Way was able to give grants to 28 local programs. Executive Director of the United Way Betsy Spethmann said they gave over $300,000 to those local programs last year. Their goal this year is $450,000.
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